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Old 07-19-20, 08:31 AM
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Advise for selling vintage bike

I have a late 70's-early 80's Grandis with SR components in original paint and very good condition. I'm looking to sell it soon and it has a KMC chain on it and a SunTour FW. Do you think I'd have better luck by replacing these with a Regina FW and chain or a Sedis/Sachs chain from that era? Does it really matter and will it affect the value?
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Little effect. The overall condition and presentation will effect value more.

the sales venue will also have a Potential dramatic Price effect.

ebay- highest potential $- seller risk- most likely pack and ship risk too. If you do not have lots of positive feedback as a seller- build some up.

CL- different risks- best in a major market.

in the BF C&V marketplace- small upfront cost.
most here are frugal, no % seller fees. Plenty of opportunity to make a good presentation.

Classic Rendezvous goo’ group- best if one has made a commitment to engage, not drop in and try to sell stuff right off.
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Old 07-19-20, 08:43 AM
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I have a late 70's-early 80's Grandis with SR components in original paint and very good condition. I'm looking to sell it soon and it has a KMC chain on it and a SunTour FW. Do you think I'd have better luck by replacing these with a Regina FW and chain or a Sedis/Sachs chain from that era? Does it really matter and will it affect the value?
Offer it as-is.The freewheel and chain are consumables and could cost you a pretty penny to replace with OEM. Nor is it likely increase your sales opportunities. If a buyer wants original equipment, let them source it out, unless of course you have the original bits and can include them in the sale.
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Old 07-19-20, 08:43 AM
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Replacing your Regina freewheel with a Suntour freewheel is about as "period-correct" as you can get anyway.
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IMO- you put that the nice stuff on for YOU.

If you have the original stuff, by all means put it back on- if you want; but don't go out and source and buy it- you won't get back the investment.

The reason people buy things like bikes and cars and guitars to part out is because the value of the individual parts is worth more than the sum of them all together.
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Were it me, I would start by making sure that the bike was sparkling clean and in good working order, if possible. Then, I would take good pictures of both sides, taken square on, and of component/frame details. Write good copy, indicating size, condition, flaws (if any), etc including asking price. You might also indicate a best offer opportunity.

Prepared, as above, list the bike on Craigslist or, in my case, Kijiji. Do not list any personal information such as phone number, address or anything of the like. Invite people to respond to the listing and then offer your phone number, if you feel comfortable doing so.

Then, once the bike is listed for sale, wait for responses. Respond promptly and Bob's your uncle. Oh, one more thing...

Check in the appraisals forum to determine value. Hope that helps and you can send me the original stuff, making extra storage for you!-)
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Thanks for all the advise, I'll leave as is and will list soon.
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